Thorne Countrywomen’s Association visited St Nicholas church to learn about Thorne’s history and connection to the local parish’s place of worship.
The association’s Jean Sowley told us: “Rose Brookes gave us a talk and tour of our parish church. Many of us have only been in the church for baptisms, weddings or funerals so this was a great opportunity to get up close to all the areas of the church. The informative talk went back to Thorne’s history from the sixth century.
“Looking round all the commemorative plaques we realised that many of the names on them are names of people who have streets named after them around Thorne – like Coulman, Ellison and Kenyon.”
Jean went on to say: “The history of these people shaped the Thorne we know today. Our evening in the church gave us much to talk about and relate to.
“The church has many surprises that were so interesting to learn about. Who knew that the round stones of the church’s walls were dug up in Thorne?”
Jean added: “Our tour came to a close after a cuppa and lots of chatting. Rose was on hand to answer any questions and signposted us to several documents that were available in the church, to give us more details on certain people of the church over the centuries.”
The countrywomen’s association have many events in the coming months, including a race night at the Miners Welfare on West Road, Moorends, starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 July. There is a walking treasure hunt around Moorends the following month, on Tuesday 15 August. Both members and non-members are welcome to the events.
Edited by Jamie Johnson